Adjusting to life with diabetes is manageable, and children with juvenile diabetes (Type 1) or Type 2 diabetes can do everything other kids without diabetes can. Our comprehensive program for children with diabetes includes the total care experience. From diagnosis to providing education and support, we will help your child get into the habit of managing their disease each day without missing a beat at being a kid.
When your child has a condition like Type 1 diabetes (previously called juvenile diabetes) or Type 2, it can affect your entire family’s routines, schedules, and even meal planning.
Our Nemours board-certified pediatric endocrinologists are specially trained in helping families learn to successfully manage both juvenile diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Our teams of experts — including certified diabetes educators, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, licensed clinical social workers, and others — will provide the tools, a personalized treatment plan for your child, and ongoing education and support you need to help ensure your child maintains a healthy lifestyle.
Weekends/holidays/after hours: (302) 651-4000
(Ask for the endocrinologist on call)
Email for routine blood sugar records and non-urgent questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Also, bring (if available):
- any pertinent outside records and lab results
- written blood sugar records and glucose meters
Diabetes Self-Management Education
- New Patient History Form (PDF)
Returning Patient Forms
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
English | Spanish
Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Please request medication refills at the time of your appointment – phone-in requests may take up to 48-hours to complete. Also, prescriptions may not be refilled if you have not been seen in our endocrine staff in the past six months.
When calling for a refill, include:
- your child’s name
- date of birth
- contact information
- medication name
- pharmacy phone number
Diabetes Logs & Helpful Handouts
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
The mission of our program is to provide comprehensive education and guidance from our multi-disciplinary care team. Our goal is to make sure your child with diabetes, and your family achieve optimal physical and psychosocial health for optimal long-term successful diabetes management.
- Diabetes Networking Nights: This family-oriented support event is hosted by the Division of Endocrinology, and provides educational opportunities, entertainment, activities, support, and camaraderie for patients and families.
- New Onset Diabetes Education: Geared toward families with a newly diagnosed child with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The 4-hour session (taught by a registered dietitian and nurses) provides comprehensive information on daily diabetes management.
- Refresher Education: Available to children with diabetes and their families who need follow-up education or a refresher class on daily diabetes management.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy: This session is run by our registered dietitians and is available to both you and your child. Follow-up sessions are available at any time, but recommended at least once a year.
- Insulin Pump Education: When children with diabetes and their families meet certain criteria for pump therapy, required classes are held to initiate pump therapy.
- CGM Devices: Patients and families can choose to be placed on a 3-day blood glucose monitoring device or purchase their own I-Pro for home use. This technology provides blood sugar checks every few minutes and can provide vital information on blood sugar control and areas needing adjustment.
- GetWellNetwork: Children with diabetes who are admitted to the hospital, can watch and learn — along with their parents — about what to expect from their condition through interactive, patient care videos created by Nemours’ KidsHealth.org and GetWellNetwork.
- Diabetes Camps in the Tri-State Area (PDF): See a list of camps for children with diabetes.
Your Child’s “Every Day” Diabetes Checklist
Because an emergency can happen anywhere, being prepared is important. Depending on your child’s insulin regimen — injections or insulin pump therapy — the following items should be provided to your child's school nurse and carried by you and your child in your child’s “Every Day Pack” at all times:
- medic-alert bracelet (worn by your child always)
- glucagon emergency kit
- blood sugar meter, lancets, and test strips
- insulin pen or syringes
- vial of short-acting insulin (Humalog, Novolog or Apidra)
- alcohol wipes
- ketone strips (urine or blood)
- fast-acting carbohydrate sources: 3-4 glucose tablets or gel, small juice box, small box of raisins, or 5 Gummy savers
- portable snack, like cheese crackers or granola bar and bottled water
- current list of all insulin: carbohydrate ratios, correction factor
- extra batteries for your meter
- emergency phone numbers
- CalorieKing book
- if using insulin pump, extra batteries and pump supplies
Support Service for Families
- Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized
As a parent, we know it’s not easy for you to hear your child has Type 1 (previously known as juvenile diabetes) or Type 2 diabetes. And, although it’s natural to be worried and concerned about what lies ahead, the pediatric diabetes experts at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., are prepared to help you and your child learn to live with the disease.
While both juvenile diabetes and Type 2 diabetes requires daily maintenance, both are manageable. Our team of board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, counselors and licensed clinical social workers, will help your child and your family, learn to make diabetes a natural part of their life — focusing on what they can do rather than what they can’t.
Caring for Children with Juvenile Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
At Nemours, we believe you’re your child’s best advocate for helping your child feel comfortable with the diabetes routine. That’s why we value your input. You can count on our ongoing care and support for as long as needed.
In addition to education provided during your inpatient stay, you and your child will meet with our diabetes educators and registered dietitians to learn about:
- how to check and track blood sugar levels
- insulin management and how to make adjustments
- preventing and treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
- how nutrition plays a role and the importance of carbohydrate counting
- how to manage blood sugars with exercise
- with your permission, we will work with your child’s school nurse to help manage blood sugars during the school day
Latest Therapies for Children With Diabetes
At duPont Hospital for Children, we offer children with both juvenile diabetes and type 2 diabetes the latest treatment options such as:
Insulin Pump Therapy
A microcomputer designed to provide a constant supply of insulin, mimicking the job of the pancreas. It’s convenient, flexible, and accurate, but requires extensive training to learn how to use it properly and to prevent complications.
There is certain criteria that must be met in order to be a pump candidate. Talk to your endocrinologist or nurse practitioner about your readiness for insulin pumping.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring and I-Pro Devices
Similar in size to the Insulin Pump, these devices require a small, thin needle inserted in the skin which measures blood sugars nearly continuously.
- "real-time" glucose readings
- alarms when blood sugar is approaching dangerously high or low levels
- information about blood glucose trends
You will need to talk to your endocrine provider and check with your insurance provider before considering or beginning these treatment options.
National Awards and Recognitions for Our Diabetes Program
The Diabetes Education Program at duPont Hospital Children is accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). To promote quality education for people with diabetes, the ADA endorses the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education for accreditation. This special recognition means that our certified diabetes educators are providing high-quality information and care to children with diabetes and their families.
Center of Excellence for Our Pediatric Diabetes Care
At duPont Hospital for Children, we’re one of only 70 diabetes centers out of thousands nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence for Medtronic Diabetes care. This is an exclusive recognition for diabetes programs that advocate proper use and education for insulin pump therapy and glucose monitoring. Also, the Center of Excellence designation recognizes our healthcare providers for their efficient management and administrative services of our pediatric diabetes program.